"They've been talking about it for three years," Flames forward Alex Tanguay told the newspaper. "Yeah, it's on the back of your mind, but I want to make the playoffs here. I haven't made the playoffs for three years.
"I was fortunate enough in my first nine years of my career, I took it for granted. I never missed the playoffs, thought it was easy to get there. We feel we can get there."
The Flames currently sit 13th in the Western Conference with an 8-8-4 record, and have given up the most goals in the West.
It has been widely speculated that if the team cannot make a push for the playoffs, they'll begin moving some key pieces before the April 3 trade deadline.
Defensemen Jay Bouwmeester, Cory Sarich and Anton Babchuk could be available, while forwards Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross, Tanguay, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and captain Jarome Iginla will attract plenty of interest.
Iginla has yet to speak with management and ownership about his future with the club, though that is expected to occur in the very near future.
If Iginla is traded, it will be to a destination that he approves.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings are among the teams interested in Iginla.
"Winning games should be the only priority on our list, right now," head coach Bob Flames head coach Bob Hartley told the Sun. "Whoever plays goal, whoever plays center, whoever sings the national anthem, it's not a priority for me, right now.
"We're right there, but we're not in the pack we want to be in. We have some major steps to take."